2023 Volume 51 Issue No. 3 & 4
Table of Contents:
 Space News
A rundown of some of the most notable discoveries and need-to-know news in space and time.
 Earth’s First Asteroid Defender was a Smashing Success
How DART, NASA’s first kinetic impactor, could spark a new era of planetary defense.
 The Sun, Moon, and You
This guide will help you prepare yourself, students, friends, and neighbors — and provide tips on running events — for the October 2023 and April 2024 solar eclipses.
 How Amateur Astronomy Has Evolved
Amateur astronomy has changed drastically over the past couple hundred years, but it’s always encouraged people to look up.
 Seven ASP Awards Awarded in 2022
In November, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific presented the 2022 awards for astronomy research and education.
 Perspectives, Liz Kruesi
Double Issue Surprise
 First Word, Astronomical Society of the Pacific
American Astronomical Society awards its 2023 Education Prize to Linda Shore
 Annals of Astronomy, Clifford J. Cunningham
 Armchair Astrophysics, Christopher Wanjek
Astronomers Just Giddy Over JWST Results
 Education Matters, Brian Kruse
Standing in the Shadow of the Moon
 A Little Learning, Scott T. Miller and C. Renée James
Radio Frequency Interference
 Reflections, Liz Kruesi
Revealing a Galaxy’s Dusty Clumps
Earth’s First Asteroid Defender was a Smashing Success (Feature)
By Sarah Wells
In September 2022, Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) became the first asteroid-deflecting spacecraft to demonstrate how to nudge the path of an asteroid out of harm’s way. While the binary asteroid system targeted by DART, Didymos and its “moonlet” Dimorphos, was never a potential threat to Earth, the mission’s success has the potential to move planetary defense from the drawing board to reality.
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The Sun, Moon, and You (Feature)
By Douglas Duncan
In 2023 and 2024, two solar eclipses will be visible throughout the United States, and we have a great opportunity to enable students and others to enjoy a rare spectacle. Astronomy professor Douglas Duncan provides a guide to help you prepare yourself, students, friends, and neighbors for the upcoming eclipses. Think of this article as a must-read primer to improve people’s eclipse-viewing experience.
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How Amateur Astronomy Has Evolved (Feature)
By Briley Lewis
Amateur astronomy groups are in every state — and across the globe. They provide a sense of community for space-interested folks, do impactful local science communication, and contribute to scientific discoveries. They cultivate an interest in astronomy, for some inspiring careers and for others a great hobby, or at least a greater appreciation for the universe. Where did these groups come from, and why is there this divide between “amateur” and “professional” astronomy?
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NPS/Jacob W. Frank
Seven ASP Awards Awarded in 2022 (Feature)
By Liz Kruesi
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) each year recognizes individual achievements in astronomy research, technology, education, and public outreach with the organization’s awards. Recipients of our awards have included luminaries such as Edwin Hubble, Vera Rubin, Isaac Asimov, Margaret Burbidge, Carl Sagan, and Katherine Johnson. In 2022, we honored seven individuals who are doing wonderful work in-line with the ASP’s mission.
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NRAO/NASA/ESA/Hubble; Processing: Jayanne English (U. Manitoba)
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